What I Did On My Summer Vacation | Part 3

BEACH

SAND

HANDS

This vacation actually started when Jeremy and I were standing on the summit of Kala Patthar. We had this gorgeous view of Mount Everest and as I was trying my hardest to live (and breathe) in the moment I couldn’t stop thinking about digging my feet into really hot sand. Over half a year later that’s exactly what I did. With just 900 miles and a 2 day drive Jeremy and I, along with my entire family, were at a beach just East of Destin, Florida. I stuck my feet in the sand. And would you believe me if I told you I couldn’t stop letting my mind wander to the Himalayas? It’s not a grass is greener situation – I promise. It’s more like… how nice would it be if the ocean and the mountains could meet each other? I can’t help but think they would get along splendidly.

BEACHHOUSE

THEPOOL

We always had nice but modest vacations growing up. So I felt a little out of place and disoriented when we pulled up to our completely over-the-top beach house. My 7-year-old nephew and I were so excited that we hopped out of the car and jumped directly into the pool – with all our clothes on. I hope it’s a moment he never forgets.

FLAG

BOARDS

KATHLEEN

JEREMY

Every time Jeremy and I get into an ocean we have boogie boards attached to our wrists. It doesn’t look impressive but it’s such a thrill. There were times when a wave would flip me over and slam me into sand face first – it would remind me that the ocean is this huge, living body of water that could give a shit about my existence. But then there were times when I would ride on a wave all the way to the shore and it was as if the ocean and I were in it together.

I tried to rent a surfboard but was dejected by some teenagers working the surfshop – including one who told me he hated the ocean (what the what!?) and had no surfing advice for me. Later, I struck up a conversation with a friendly lifeguard who noticed and commented on Jeremy’s tattoos – he said that the waves in Destin weren’t great for learning to surf anyways – but he advised that I absolutely try it out one day. I’m hoping to have my new friend Paige teach me in El Salvador.

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CARTWHEEL

Our family vacation was filled with fun in the water and lots of sand in our swimsuits. We cooked huge family meals and drank a few beers. We went to a driving range where I learned that not only do I do cartwheels left-handed but I also golf left-handed. I also learned that golfing is not for me. We put together jigsaw puzzles and snacked on olives, hummus and Fritos. We rented bikes and pedaled into a little tourist town 4 miles down the road where we ate raw food out of a truck. Our vacation was long enough that it started to feel like real life and I never wanted it to end. And of course, on our drive home, I couldn’t stop thinking about what’s next.

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  1. nicole

    I would love to know more about renting that house! Amazing!

    p.s. I am right-handed, but I do left-handed cartwheels, too. I also shoot pool left-handed, ha. xo.

  2. Margie

    This is my favorite post, by far, that you have ever done. It made me long for the water, the beach, being squeezed into the back of the car in between a brother sandwich. It made me smile.

  3. I loved this post, and I’m SO envious of your cartwheel. Maybe that will be my ‘next thing’ now that I can finally kick up into a handstand against the wall.

    It looks like you had a wonderful time, and the detail about jumping in the pool in your clothes is delish.

  4. I’m right handed and also a left-handed cart-wheeler. πŸ™‚

    Stumbled across your blog via Pinterest not too long ago. (Oh pinterest. *puffy heart*) I read for several days before I realized you guys are living in Oklahoma. Who knew!

  5. ~abi~

    yay! good for you. fun post. {btw, i write w/ my right hand, but photograph w/ my left eye. for reals. :)}

  6. One of my favorite places in the world is Seaside, FL (right next to Santa Rosa Beach). I feel like a traitor, being a California girl, but the gulf is so beautiful and I love that white sand. Glad you had fun!

  7. Gloria

    I just got back from Destin a few weeks ago. It was a perfect vacation and seeing this makes me want to go back! It’s funny that you mention surfing, I remember thinking the surf tents for getting boards were a total sham, there’s no surfing in that water.

  8. Heeeeey! So does that mean you’re going to jump on a plane and come to El Salvador? I have decided that it is definitely the place to learn AND there are volcanoes (sort of like mountains) we could hike as long as you promise to carry me down. πŸ™‚ oh and since I know you love adventure, there is always the threat of an earthquake which totally thrills me. R and I are always daydreaming escape plans.

    I bet your nephew will totally always remember that memory.

    I do lefty cartwheels too but I definitely don’t look that skinny doing them. Dang woman.

  9. Heeeeey! So does that mean you’re going to jump on a plane and come to El Salvador? I have decided that it is definitely the place to learn AND there are volcanoes (sort of like mountains) we could hike as long as you promise to carry me down. πŸ™‚ oh and since I know you love adventure, there is always the threat of an earthquake which totally thrills me. R and I are always daydreaming escape plans.

    I bet your nephew will totally always remember that memory.

    I do lefty cartwheels too but I definitely don’t look that skinny doing them. Dang woman.

  10. Nicole – We stayed at the house Coast On Inn through Ocean Reef Resorts. But I would recommend staying anywhere along the beaches of South Walton. It’s just far out enough from Destin that it doesn’t feel too crowded.

    Margie – You’re so sweet. xoxo! It was definitely a fun road trip and a real family vacation – laughs and tears and all.

    Mel – I’ll totally spot you on some cartwheels next weekend if you’re up for it.

    IndieJane – What a small world! Yay for creatives in Oklahoma!

    Abi – I wonder if there is some sort of scientific explanation behind that!

    Taylor K – Seaside is the little town we rode our bikes to! It was so much fun to ride into that area everyday. I loved the food trucks and little bodega.

    Gloria – I didn’t see any surf tents in my area! Otherwise I probably would have at least *tried* it out. The guys I talked to were going to make me buy a $1,000 board and sell it back to them at a fraction of the cost. And they were just rude about it.

    Paige – If I could *find* a flight to El Salvador I just might! I sent you an email.

  11. soo that second picture? oh, and some of the others? that is why i keep coming back to your blog kathleen. that photo of your feet in the sand and the way you added that map and travel line above it to show where you were/are – effing brilliant and aesthetically gooorgeous πŸ™‚

  12. Patience – Thank you! Capturing my vacation experience with photos and design (starting with the Nepal series) has definitely become my favorite thing to do. I’m so happy to share and get lovely feedback like yours.

  13. You know you’re a total (design) rock star, right? The map graphic/photo is so subtle and lovely and aesthetically perfect…it actually made me sigh (in a good way). Thanks for sharing!

    p.s. Your husband is a total hottie! I just discovered I have a thing for mountain men who surf and that photo is dangerous!!

  14. Kate

    Lucky girl, I’m dying for a vacation. Get me outta central Oklahoma!

    P.s. I am also right handed (very!) and do left-handed cartwheels.

  15. ok, so they’re not himalayan mountains, but where i live (san diego & los angeles) i can go snowboarding in the morning and get home in time to see the sunset behind the ocean and take a night dip in the water. for real. it’s not often i squeeze both in, but it’s nice to have the option.

    love your info-graphics!

  16. uh i live where the mountains meet the sea.

  17. Campbell – Oh, gosh! Thank you! I don’t feel so much like a rock star but that’s a compliment I’ll take. And I totally agree about the hottie husband I’ve got. πŸ˜‰

    Kathryne – Yes! Go on an adventure and report back immediately!

    Jessica – Oh man, I’m jealous. I’ve been to San Diego and LA once – I would love to live their but I’m spoiled by the Oklahoma cost of living.

    Sara – I owe you a visit, don’t I?

  18. The ocean meets the mountain in Puerto Rico. It’s beautiful and passport-free!

  19. Nichol

    Hawai’i is frackin’ gorgeous. I had a blast on Oahu but would love to go to the main island and Maui if I can ever talk my husband into going back out there again.

  20. Monica

    Several years ago I tagged along with my brother and his family on their vacation to Florida. I flew into Ft. Walton Beach and we stayed in Navarre, a few miles from Destin. It is by far the prettiest place I have been in the continental US. We absolutely loved our time there, I’m glad you had an equal experience.
    I loved your comments about the waves, the power of the ocean is amazing. We were in Hawaii a few weeks ago and spent a lot of time teaching the kids how to judge waves and work with them (either jumping, body surfing, or diving), instead of against them. So much better than a mouthfull of salt water and a swimming suit full of sand.

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